Set Optiplex vPro Manageability Option

Mark Berry July 16, 2012

Almost four years ago, I blogged about how to buy an OptiPlex with vPro from the Dell Outlet. Unfortunately the last time I checked, Dell no longer publishes the detailed system information before you purchase, though you might be able to get the info from a salesperson.

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Dell PERC 5/i Battery Needs Replacing

Mark Berry June 30, 2012

On a Dell PowerEdge 1900, I was noticing in the OpenManage Alert log that the disk cache policy kept “bouncing” between Write Through and Write Back.

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Manage and Monitor Dell PERC RAID under Linux

Mark Berry February 17, 2012

I’ve repurposed an old Dell PowerEdge 1500SC with a PERC 3/SC RAID card for use as a Linux phone server running Asterisk. Unfortunately, the only version of Dell OpenManage that works for the 1500SC (OpenManage 4.5 docs and download) is only supported under Redhat 7.1. I’m using CentOS 5.2, so I’m out of luck.

I eventually found that I could use Linux tools for the LSI MegaRAID SCSI 320-1LP to control and monitor the PERC 3/SC. Visit this download page and search for “OS: Linux”.

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